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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:55 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec
I don't usually post these things but thought this was worth noting.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't trust too many foods that come from outside Canada and the U.S.

For me, this recent spate of warnings from the CFIA about products from certain countries having undeclared ingredients just drives home the point that you have to be very careful with imported foods.

Public Advisory from the CFIA:


OTTAWA, August 10, 2006 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is
advising consumers with milk allergies and those caring for persons with
milk allergies, to exercise caution when purchasing or offering imported
products such as instant coffee, tea or dry cereal mixes from some Asian
countries, as there may be a risk of undeclared milk ingredients in the

An ongoing investigation by the CFIA has determined that various
imported instant coffee and instant tea premixes, as well as instant
cereal products declare "non-dairy creamer" in their ingredient list but
contain milk ingredients.

Undeclared milk usually does not represent a hazard to the majority of
consumers; however, for those sensitive or allergic to milk ingredients,
consumption of affected products could result in a serious or
life-threatening reaction.

The CFIA is working with Canadian importers to identify all affected
products that were distributed in Canada. The importers of these
products are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the
marketplace. As the presence of milk protein is not declared on the
label, these recalls are accompanied by an Allergy Alert.

All public warnings and Allergy Alerts
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are distributed to the media, and are also posted on the CFIA's Web
site. Internet users can subscribe to receive these notices
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consumers in identifying potentially hazardous products. The CFIA
encourages those consumers with allergies and sensitivities to take
advantage of this service.

For a complete list of the affected products identified to date
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products, visit the Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts section of the
CFIA's Web site: .

Consumers and industry can also call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY
1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).


Media Inquiries:
CFIA Media Relations, (613) 228-6682

* List of imported products that contain undeclared milk protein
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Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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